Copper Hair Colour Is Trending! Here's What You Need To Know Before Going Red

We're always keeping up to date with the latest and greatest hair trends, and it's been pretty impossible to ignore that the copper hair colour has been making waves throughout the hair and beauty industry.

From red copper hair to more natural-looking brown copper tones, this hair colour has quickly become a favourite. We know we've been thinking about joining the trend! 

Plus, with our copper hair extensions, you can give your hair the extra length and volume it's missing – creating dreamy copper inches in just a few minutes.

But before you jump on board and get out the hair bleach and toner, there are a few things you'll need to consider. Like, how much maintenance copper hair colour will require, and exactly what shade of copper hair are you going to go for?

We've taken our most asked questions about copper hair and answered them all, so you can be prepared before braving the red.

Why is Copper Hair Colour Trending?

Copper hair has always been a popular hair transformation choice, but in 2022, it really started to take off.

Copper is a fun hair colour that's much more natural than red or any other bright hue, and as a result, it flatters nearly every skin tone. People love the versatility of this colour, and there are so many copper hair colour shades to choose from.

But the copper colour really took off when celebs from all over the globe started to embrace copper highlights, balayage and all-over copper hair colours.

They caught onto something we all know now – copper hair looks amazing!

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Kendall Jenner

Supermodel Kendall Jenner was one of the first celebs to start the buzz around copper hair in 2022, debuting her new head of ginger-toned hair at the 2022 Prada Milan Fashion Show.

From then on, it was clear that copper was the colour to be adopted by many of the biggest stars.


Singer, actress and fashion icon Zendaya made copper hair look incredible at the 94th Academy Awards. Her fiery-toned brown copper hair is the perfect example of copper hair colour done right.

Phoebe Dynevor

Bridgerton- darling Phoebe Dynevor is one of the latest to embrace the copper hair colour trend with her ginger-toned copper hair. The Netflix star was previously blonde, but she dared the red copper look, and it looks amazing!

There are Lots of Different Copper Hair Shades

There are endless copper hair shades to pick from, and it's important to choose the right copper hair colour for you. From auburn copper hues to copper balayage, copper highlights and copper ombre – there are so many variations of copper hair colour.

You'll need to take into account your skin tone because you don't want your hair to wash you out or make you look ghostly.

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Light Skin Tones

If you're fair-toned, then it's probably best to stay away from the vibrant ginger copper shades. This is because copper hair is already quite a striking colour, and on pale skin, it can be overpowering.

Instead, go for brown-toned copper shades with a hint of warmth and copper highlights.

Medium or Dark Skin Tones

If you're medium or dark-toned, then just about any shade of copper will look beautiful, and you can really go for whatever ticks your fancy!

Your Copper Hair Colour Will Need Maintenance

One of the questions we find getting asked the most is 'is copper hair difficult to maintain?' and it's no secret that it does take some work to up-keep the red hues.

The brighter copper colours tend to fade quicker than other hair colours if it's not properly cared for. Hair stylist Matthew Evans warns copper can lose up to 20% of the vibrancy in the first wash”, so it's really important that you're using products to seal in the colour and help it last longer.

Steer clear of shampoos containing sulfate and opt for copper-friendly products like copper shampoo, conditioner and treatments that will help keep the copper colour vibrant.

Try not to overwash your hair, too, as washing any coloured hair too much will cause it to fade faster.

You'll have to schedule in regular salon visits to keep copper hair looking shiny and rich in colour – copper hair colours may require a little more TLC than other shades, but it'll be worth it!

You Might Have to Rethink Your Makeup Routine

It's not something that many of us would consider, but you might have to put down those red lippies for a while.

If you're going for a bright ginger hair colour, then your red lipstick might not be the best makeup choice, as copper tones and red lipsticks tend to clash.

We suggest going for more neutral, muted shades like nudes, browns and mauves – they'll look beautiful against copper hair.

Play around with eye makeup looks using green and purple eyeshadows – these colours look stunning against copper tresses.

But who are we to tell you what makeup looks to go for – experiment and see what works best for you! Just be wary of colours that might clash with your new copper tones.

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Take Your Copper Hair Game Up a Notch with Copper Hair Extensions

What better way to give your copper hair colour look a boost than with copper hair extensions?

Clip-in hair extensions are a fab way to instantly elevate your hair game. Whether you're after more volume, length or style, they're the secret to all your hair woes.

Synthetic Copper Clip-in Extensions

Here at RiRi, we've got a whole range of different hair extension lengths and styles in over 30 shades – including copper!

Our mixed auburn hair extensions are the perfect match for classic copper hair, and you'll find them in lengths of 16 inches to 24 inches.

We especially love our Classic 24" Flick Synthetic Hair Extensions in mixed auburn for beautifully long hair.

Copper Human Hair Extensions

Or, if you've got a bigger budget, then investing in human hair extensions is something we definitely recommend. They last longer than synthetic extensions (although our Deluxe Synthetic range is pretty hard-wearing!), and they look insanely natural, too.

Our 22″ Clip-in Human Hair Ponytail Extensions in Cinnamon Ginger are a great addition to copper hair – they blend in perfectly with your natural ponytail.

You can discover our whole range of copper hair extensions here!

Our free colour match service is perfect if you're not sure exactly what hair extensions shade you need. Just take a photo of your hair, pop us a message on Facebook or Instagram, and we'll help you find the perfect shade.

Summary: Joining the Copper Hair Colour Trend

We don't see the copper hair trend leaving our radar any time soon, and it's easy to see why – copper hair looks beautiful on just about anyone!

From fiery reds to brunette copper tones, the spectrum is so vast that there's definitely a perfect copper match for you. Just make sure to give your hair the love it needs to thrive.

Plus, with RiRi's copper hair extensions, you can take your hair game to a whole new level. If you order by 3 pm, you could receive your copper hair extensions the very next day!


What are the most natural-looking hair extensions?

Human hair extensions are by far the most natural-looking hair extensions around. They’re made from real human hair and look just like your own.

What skin tone looks good with copper hair?

Copper hair looks stunning against all skin tones - from fair to dark. Just be sure to go for the right tone of copper so as not to wash out your complexion. No matter what copper hair colour you go for, make sure it's the perfect match for you.

Is copper hair flattering?

We're obsessed with copper hair because of how flattering it is! Copper tones look beautiful on just about anyone./p>

Is copper hair high maintenance?

Copper hair colour will require more maintenance in order to keep it looking its best. Use products and tools that are specially formulated for copper hair, and be sure to schedule in regular salon appointments to refresh your colour. It's worth the effort, though!

Written by our hair extension expert

Nancy Pinder

Nancy Pinder is our resident hair and beauty specialist at RiRi Hair Extensions. She advises customers daily in our Lakeside and Bluewater stores, helping them find the perfect look, length, and shade of hair extensions. Nancy also presents our TikTok live to thousands of viewers across the world. You can catch her on our TikTok every week here: @ririhairextensions_uk.

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